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Another Ivo Van Hove production.  I have seen an awful lot of his stuff.  Some of it has been stunning (Roman Tragedies, A View From The Bridge, Scenes From A Marriage) and some of it has been just awful (Antigone, A Song From Far Away).   Now this production starring Jude Law: a strange sort of adaptation of the screenplay of the Italian film Ossessione, which was based on the book The Postman Always Rings Twice which was made into two American films of the same title.

Huge stage.  Huge.  Actors were all obviously miked.  Lot of music.  A gym treadmill set in the floor.  A car engine and a sink large enough to sit in.

If you have ever been an Assistant Stage Manager as I have been,

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No school this week and as I’ve never seen Hamlet before (the shame) I thought I’d try for a day ticket for the sold out run at the Almeida with Andrew Scott (Moriarty in the BBC’s Sherlock).  I rang the Box Office on Monday morning to see if there was a queue and yes people had been queueing some days since 4.30am. But in for a penny in for a pound,

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Roman Tragedies

Battle scene from Ivan van Hove’s production of Roman Tragedies.  This scene is from Antony and Cleopatra.  He has condensed Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra into 6 hours.  At this point live percussionists were raging

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The White Devil

Oh dear.  I really wanted to like this so much.  Firstly the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe is possibly my favourite theatre.  It is an absolutely beautiful re-creation of one of  the first indoor theatres.  It’s an intimate space in which you feel almost feel the actors’ breath, and it is lighted, with a few exceptions, entirely by candlelight.

Not being a great fan of Jacobean tragedy I was really looking forward to seeing how the play would work in a space for which it could have been written.  And on an extremely positive note, Read more

Hedda Gabler

“My intention in giving it this name was to indicate that Hedda as a personality is to be regarded rather as her father’s daughter than as her husband’s wife.”                      Henrik Ibsen

A play first performed in 1891, written by 62 year old man, who here writes that the female protagonist has a personality, and that her personality is defined by men (father and husband).  Ivan Van Hove’s stark production at the National Theatre shows how utterly credible Hedda is, and what an extraordinary play it remains.

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The Children

Monday night to the Royal Court to see three of my favourite actors in a new play by Lucy Kirkwood.  I came out of the play, having been engrossed for its almost  2 hour straight-through performance, not feeling emotionally excited or moved, but feeling that I had seen something quite profound, which would stay in my head and continue to evolve there.  The play has

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The Boys In The Band

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week – one exhibition, one gig and one play.  I have to say this play was not my choice, but it’s at a theatre I really like, and I’ll go and see Mark Gatiss in pretty much anything.  I thought I was in for an excellent production of a dated play.  What whipped the rug out from under my feet was

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Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour

This National Theatre of Scotland production of Lee Hall’s play based on the book The Sopranos by Alan Warner (I can’t imagine why they changed the name), has reached London for a run in the tiny Dorfman Theatre. 

(Sensitive readers be aware – this play is about sober and drunk teenage girls talking about, looking for and having sex.  Bawdy is a bit of an understatement.)

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